Joined: 03 Oct 2013
Location: Austin, TX
Real Name: JT Fowler
|Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:11 pm Post subject: Hardtack - a recipe - my experiences
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2 1/2 cups flour
6 tsp. Salt
3/4 cup water
Dry mix the ingredients.
Add the water and knead the dough. Dough should not be sticky.
Roll out to an even thickness. I use a shallow sided cookie pan. The shallow sides control the thickness
Cut to shape. Poke three rows of holds with a fork.
Place in the oven for about 1/2 hour or until just golden.
Makes 10-12 biscuits.
To cook them really thoroughly, set them aside for a day, then cook them at 225 degrees for 30-45 more minutes. The second baking will remove any “sweat” and really dry the biscuit. This is important.
I took my original recipe from a civil war reenacting webpage (it's not there anymore) and experimented. The above recipe is what I wound up with.
I made a double batch.
Put them in 1 gallon ziplock baggies and put the baggies on the guest Bedroom closet shelf.
All food trials included a bowl of hot chicken boullion for dipping/soaking
1 week later - tried one - I'd hate to have to live on them.
2 weeks - same
2 1/2 years
3, 4, 5, 7 & 8 year - same
Gave one to a friends step-son (Ben) - a Civil War reenactor
Gave what was left to Ben - they were a hit at the reenaction.
Have made a batch or two since then with the same results.
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